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An AD plant in Widnes has put in place plans to expand and handle up to 150,000 tonnes of food waste per year.

The installation of a new digester tank means that the plant will be able to handle a higher volume of waste. The Anaerobic Digester is a device that controls the digestion process to produce biogas (methane and CO2) and biofertiliser. The new £1.2m digester is 18-metres high and 16m in diameter, providing the plant with a 25 per cent rise on recycling capabilities.

The plant currently processes 120,000 tonnes of food waste per year. It processes commercial and domestic food waste from local authorities and businesses within 50 miles of the site.

The expansion of this particular plant takes place alongside recent UK trends. The number of anaerobic digestion plants in the UK has risen to 540, with more than 100 new plants coming into operation in 2016.

What is an AD plant?

Anaerobic Digestion is a natural biological process that breaks down organic material. It is similar to composting but instead takes place without oxygen. The process provides a source of renewable energy, as the waste is broken down to produce bio gas. This bio gas is then cleaned and can be used to power electricity and heat.

An AD plant can improve business viability, improve long term sustainability and reduce input costs. For food manufacturers, retailers, chain restaurants and hotels, anaerobic digestion plants are a cost-effective, environmentally responsible waste management solution that recycles food waste, rather than it being burned or buried on a landfill site.

JNL work in partnership with AD plants to regularly collect and transport food waste – or organise one-off projects. If you are from an anaerobic digestion plant and want to work with a logistics firm who specialise in transporting food waste, contact us today on 01933 410 789.